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Conservationist of the Year Award Presented to President of the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation


March 17, 2022
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Alaska Wild Sheep President, Kevin Kehoe, was recently recognized by Alaska Governor Mike J. Dunleavy when he was presented the Governor’s Conservationist of the Year Award at a recent Alaska SCI Banquet.

The award is presented annually for outstanding dedication to the conservation of Alaska’s fish and wildlife resources and for exemplary service to the people of Alaska and their outdoor traditions. The awardee is selected by the Governor from a list of nominees provided by the Department of Fish and Game based on input from conservation groups throughout Alaska.

Since his arrival in Alaska in 1995, Kevin has been an active volunteer with numerous Alaska conservation and outdoor organizations. Starting with Ducks Unlimited where he occupied several positions including Alaska DU State Chairman. Following Ducks Unlimited he continued to volunteer for various outdoor and conservation organizations as a board member. Currently he serves as the President of the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation. His efforts as a conservation leader resulted in raising several million dollars for conservation both in and out of Alaska.

Kevin’s recent efforts as the leader of the AK WSF team and a consortium of fellow Alaskan conservation groups including SCI, Alaska Outdoor Council, and the Alaska Professional Hunter’s Association resulted in the increased protection of Dall sheep, Rocky Mountain goats and Muskoxen in Alaska through State regulatory changes designed to help prevent the import of harmful strains of a foreign pathogen called Movi into Alaska.

Kehoe, is a retired Special Forces officer with more than 26 years of active duty throughout the world including combat duty in Desert Storm. His highest awards include the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit. He retired at Fort Richardson, Alaska in May of 2001.

During his acceptance speech Kevin credited his success in conservation to the many great fellow conservation volunteers and professionals with whom he worked. He concluded his acceptance speech stating that he believed that, “The true measure of a sportsman is not what they take off the mountain, but by what they put back.”

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